Grow Organic by Anna Kruger, DK Publishing, 352 pages, hardcover, $28.
Now that organic gardening has taken mainstream hold—propped up by the increasing number of Canadian municipalities, and even one entire province, enacting cosmetic pesticide bans—gardeners are increasingly looking for solid sources of eco-assistance. Grow Organic is a good place to start.
Although produced in Britain, the book outlines general principles that apply equally well in a Canadian context. All the basics are included, from building and maintaining soil health to dealing with pests and weeds and attracting wildlife.
Where this tome goes further, though, is in taking its holistic view and considering issues not often discussed in organic gardening books. For example, there’s a chapter on garden planning that covers walls, fences and other hardscaping materials. Detailed sections on trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetables, fruits and herbs, and an A to Z of plant problems round out the book, along with gorgeous colour pictures on every page.
Gardeners who haven’t yet taken the organic plunge will be encouraged, not daunted. And those already gardening organically will find Grow Organic a useful, everything-in-one-book resource.